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happy travels {recap}

Last week was TRAVEL WEEK and I had a lot of fun posting about all the things that I have learned along the way…here is a recap of all the traveling posts:
Travel Tips {general tips}
Disneyland Tips PART ONE
Disneyland Tips PART TWO
Travel Tips {No Kids Allowed}
Camping Tips PART ONE
Camping Tips PART TWO

There are so many other great ideas out there!

HERE is a great list for packing tips!
HERE is a great article about flying along with kids!
HERE is a great blog about family traveling!

Enjoy and Happy Travels!
And of course there is even more to check out on my Pinterest board: travelBUG
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The Blog Days of Summer {NORTHWEST OR BUST #2}

So our Road trip continued! After we left Portland we headed to Washington to see a few of our favorite people for a quick visit.  We got to catch up, play games, check the lake and relax.  The kids had so much fun together too. It was refreshing to be with people you have known for years and there were many inside jokes and laughs shared by all (as usual). It was as it should be with good friends! And since we did not make it to our annual Hume Lake trip it was great (we actually got to see them one more time over the summer but I’ll get to that later).

And then we were off to our favorite city…if you only have a few hours to kill in Seattle you must go to a few of our favorite spots. First we went to Kerry Park and then just over the hill and across another bridge are the Ballard Locks.  I imagined bringing my kids to both of these places back when I was in college – so it was great to finally do it on a lovely summer day (the weather really was perfect for us)!
Check out Paige’s expressions and Grant’s funny faces…what in the world could either of them be thinking about!
Just below the Kerry Park Viewpoint is a path to an actual kid’s park that my crazy kiddos could not get enough of! We were there for over an hour. It made me laugh to remember it because in college one of my roommates and I would sneak off to this park and smoke cigars (I know you are wondering why I would be sneaking off but this is just what Christian college girls do for fun and a flair of rebellion – I guess it’s honestly another topic for another day)!
If you ever get the chance to see the Ballard Locks in Seattle you must go! The beautiful foliage and plants, the architecture of the buildings and seeing the salmon run (which basically means they are swimming up stream), even the fish ladders are fascinating to me and in my opinion you will be in for a treat.  Growing up in Colorado and California did not expose me to anything like this. So check it out sometime- especiallyif you get to go there in the summer!


Woohoo…the salmon were running!
Kids can make anything fun!
Love these two!
Aaron got to take the kids to Gasworks Park for a picnic and while it was not as nice as he had remembered the kids had fun…until poor Grant smacked his head into a pole while running full speed. He got a nice goose-egg on his forehead- poor guy may just be accident prone like his Mamma.
 
They finished up their outing at the Seattle Center and after a fun afternoon and dinner with our dear friends {the Pelton’s} we were headed back down I-5 to make the long trip home. Our time with the Pelton’s is always too short but we loved seeing their beautiful home make progress (paint was going up that day). And we always just love their company! They took us to an amazing restaurant called Tutta Bella Pizzeria (you must go here if you are in the area). Wish we could have hung out with them all night!

Here are a few more pictures I took with my iphone (check out Grant’s goose-egg bump).

This last one is the sun set as we were leaving town. My only regret is that we were not able to see more friends while we were there.  But there are only so many hours in the day!

We miss you Seattle…hope to see you again soon!
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The Blog Days of Summer {NORTHWEST OR BUST #1}

In June we hit the road for an amazing trip to the Northwest to see family and friends for a few days (for ideas on how to travel more easily with kids check out this POST)!  The drive to Portland is as beautiful as it is long!
First stop was Portland for my cousin Cory’s wedding!  We got to have a “family reunion” and relax at a fun hotel in Portland that was by the water and had a great breakfast (the Residence Inn RiverPlace)!
Cory (who is quite possibly one of my favorite people ever) and his lovely Bride Lisa were amazing hosts and made our entire extended family feel welcome in Portland and involved in the festivities.  Paige & Grant got to dress up and be a flower girl and a flag bearer. It was adorable to see them in their roles and see their personalities come out! The wedding took place at a unique & awesome venue:The World Forestry Center
Getting ready for the Wedding…
The Wedding and Reception…

The Reception Games…
To see some of their photographers pictures check out this blog post at: David Burdick Photography
And because I love taking pictures of food & fun…here are a few more…the venue, food, cupcakes, decor and dancing were amazing!

Breakfast the Next Day…
The food was great and the company was lovely but we Panfilio’s had a few issues.  The private area of the restaurant where we were eating with the wedding party was positioned in an open upstairs area with regular diners below.  Paige decided to drop her mini book over the balcony to “see what would happen…” When she finally got the nerve to fess up to what she had done I had no idea what book she was even talking about.  While I was picturing someone being smacked on the head with a large kids book I was relieved and mortified to see an unhappy bartender come upstairs and deliver Paige’s tiny 3 inch book to us with a look of hatred plastered across his face.  I managed an apology and thought we had dodged a bullet (considering it was a mini book) but before too long I was shocked back into “kids do strange things” reality when Grant tumbled over a small couch and smacked his head on the glass balcony. And when I say smacked…I mean smacked. My back was turned but apparently he was jumping on the couch and fell…landing flat on his back after smacking his head.  I impulsively picked him up without knowing how he fell or how he landed or even thinking of the fact that he could have hurt his neck.  Poor baby laid on my shoulder and then my sisters for over an hour. Kids just do weird things (and often when it is the least convenient time/place to do it). All in all it was a great way to see the family one more time before the festivities were over!

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travel tips {ROAD TRIP READY}

Summer tends to be a busy travel season for most people so I thought I would share some tips that help make our trips a little easier with kids! My Number ONE tip is to just keep an open mind and be flexible. Anything can happen and that is part of the fun!

…a few things that make our trips easier…

…our GPS has been such a lifesaver and it tends to be very accurate on predicting what time you will arrive at your destination…

 
…Ziploc divided containers (like bento boxes) make meals on-the-go so much easier…
…these inexpensive shower caddy’s work great in the car for all of their little books, crayons and toys! Get them now while all the dorm items are popping up in stores or check out a similar product HERE!


…an extra rear-view mirror that clips-on & adjusts helps me to see what is going on and break up fights when i go on trips with the kids alone…

…each kid gets to bring their own backpack of toys they choose…


…we love Color Wonder products, no mess in the car or at the home/hotel that we are visiting…

…bring small treats…

If I have room in our budget I try to bring along new treats for each day of traveling if we will be in the car for more than one day! For example: color wonder packs, glow sticks, small white boards with washable white-board crayons, stickers and small books for coloring, small toys or a new movie…nothing major. I mostly just get $1 treasures & a few other fun things!

…road trip games…

check out my {FREE} printable here:
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Game

 I was inspired to create my own Road Trip Scavenger Hunt when I saw these games & Kelle Hampton’s {enjoying the small things} post about her recent road trip games and activities

Scavenger Hunt Car Games (free printables)
Car Games (age appropriate options)
Audiotapes Recommendation List
Classic Road Trip Games
License Plate Game (great for older kids)
Travel Bingo

We love to travel and seem to spend a lot of our “free time” doing just that.  With loved ones spread out all over the west coast and even a few states away we have traveled often over the last several years.What are your favorite Road Trip TIPS?
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a weekend away with my man

Thanks to my sister & parents we got to get away without kids last weekend!

We stayed in Huntington Beach (right on PCH) where we relaxed, ate great food, went to the beach and basically got to talk (for the first time in a long time) without little voices interrupting!

  We had fun together and laughed and remembered why we decided to get married in the first place nine short years ago.

The weekend ended with Blog Sugar & I’m feeling blessed for sure!
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